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Hmmm How Much Exercise Did “They” Say Was Needed?


Exercise "guidelines" suggest we get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. I know how hard it is to do this, and I exercise regularly, so it came as no surprise to read this:

Researchers say current exercise guidelines are unrealistic and argue that doctors should sometimes advise small increases in activity instead.

Have you tried to do your 10,000 steps a day? Every day? And also work? And take of people? Take care of pets? Get other things done? Try it. I did and it was okay until it got to not be okay. And I did a lot of those steps walking the dog, so I was doing at least 2 things on my daily list.

Moderate exercise is that which increases your heart and breathing rates so that you notice the increase. Like fast walking, slow jogging or running, biking,  etc.  For about 2 1/2 hours over the week. Seems easy? Try it.....

​The article cited above goes on to suggest that just getting inactive people to move more would be great, even if it's only 10 minutes a day.

And a more recent article points out that too much jogging can be as bad as none at all! 

Scientists studied more than 1,000 healthy joggers and non-joggers over a 12-year period.
Those who jogged at a steady pace for less than two and a half hours a week were least likely to die in this time.
But those who ran more than four hours a week or did no exercise had the highest death rates.

Like most all things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all.  I get annoyed at the ads and the articles that suggest "everybody" can benefit from [pick your product.}

There Is no diet, no magic pill, or no magic amount of exercise, or a specific kind of exercise that can be good in the same way for everybody.

I'm definitely not saying don't exercise - because I am a great believer in exercise - but I am saying pay attention to you and your body and not all the alleged guidelines you read.

You, the smart readers of this blog, know that you have to find your own answer. 

You have to find what works for you!!

Thank you!

About the Author Lynn Dorman, Ph.D.

Hi there. I call myself "a woman of a certain age" who is still very engaged with the world; as we all should be - at any age! I create courses and books that help people keep on learning, living, and having fun. I believe that you are in charge of your life - not me or anyone else. What I do is offer information so that you can make intelligent choices for you!

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